With the holidays quickly approaching, many of us will have parties, dinners, and other festive events on our calendars. How to dress, how to dress? Dress or pants, how much jewelry, day bag or evening clutch? Don’t stress out, sweeties, Doris’ Closet Consignment is here to help.
When dressing for an event, the question always comes to mind–how much skin to bear? We all want to look sexy and alluring, but if you have to ask if you’re showing too much skin, you probably are. If you are going to wear something low-cut that features cleavage, then cover up down below—long pants, long skirt. If you want to flash some leg, then cover up on top. A little glimpse of skin (especially after a certain age) is much sexier than too much breast or a dress cut up to your waist.
I’m often asked to interpret what is to be worn to the various functions held this time of year. I’m on pretty steady ground with cocktail parties and black tie events, but what do you wear to business casual/cocktail? I’m no help there, lovies, but let’s look at black tie, cocktail, and business casual.
I think it’s always safe for cocktail AND black tie (unless it is stipulated ultra-formal) to wear a cocktail dress (rather than a long dress). You can’t go wrong with a black dress adorned with great jewelry, a fabulous metallic that makes you shine like a star, or a jewel tone. For business casual, envision a simpler dress or a great suit or pantsuit with some shine in the lapel. Add a metallic top or a wonderful red cashmere sweater, and you are ready to roll. And if you can pull off a tuxedo, more power to you (for tall girls, this is a fabulous option, with strappy heels).
What shoes should you wear with your fancy outfit? Rule of thumb says the plainer the dress, the fancier the shoes, and vice versa. We all want to wear sexy high heels, but think beforehand about how much time you’ll be spending on your feet before investing in a sky-high pair. And don’t ever wear brand-new shoes to an event. Break them in first, or you will be sorry. A great way to dress up plain shoes is to use rhinestone or pearl shoe clips, available at many consignment and thrift stores.
When it comes to jewelry with dressy clothes, once again, the dress sets the tone. If it’s very glittery, go simple–diamond studs or pearl earrings, or gold hoops; and a simple cuff. If the dress is plain, you can rock it with a great necklace, chandelier earrings, and several bright bangles.
Charla Krupp (who wrote the fabulous “How Not to Look Old”) tells us that we are only allowed three bling points—and dresses count as two. So, if you have a bling-y dress, necklace, and earrings, you need to take one off–it’s too much. Likewise, a dramatic hairdo can count as a bling point, so if dress and hairdo are bling-y, you’re set–go with plain earrings and let yourself shine!
For the bag question, you always want to select an evening bag when going to black tie or cocktail parties. Basic black is the most versatile, but don’t overlook beaded bags or metallics. For business casual, your great day bag should suffice, unless you are looking for a bit more bling—then go for an evening bag.
Wherever you go, however you dress—have a wonderful time!